The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal audiobook

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters: A Novel

By Balli Kaur Jaswal
Read by Soneela Nankani  and Deepti Gupta

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062645142
13.18 Hours Unabridged
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The author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows her acclaimed America debut with this life-affirming, witty family drama—an Indian This Is Where I Leave You—about three Punjabi sisters embarking on a pilgrimage to their homeland to lay their mother to rest. The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia—were never close and barely got along growing up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart. Rajni, a school principal is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a thirty-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking "good" sister married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life. On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. After a trip to India with her mother long ago, Rajni vowed never to return. But she’s always been a dutiful daughter, and cannot, even now, refuse her mother’s request. Jezmeen has just been publicly fired from her television job, so the trip to India is a welcome break to help her pick up the pieces of her broken career. Shirina’s in-laws are pushing her to make a pivotal decision about her married life; time away will help her decide whether to meekly obey, or to bravely stand up for herself for the first time. Arriving in India, these sisters will make unexpected discoveries about themselves, their mother, and their lives—and learn the real story behind the trip Rajni took with their Mother long ago—a momentous journey that resulted in Mum never being able to return to India again. The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a female take on the Indian travel narrative. "I was curious about how different the trip would be if it were undertaken by women, who are vulnerable to different dangers in a male-dominated society," Balli Kaur Jaswal writes. "I also wanted to explore the tensions between tradition and modernity in immigrant communities, and particularly how those tensions play out among women like these sisters, who are the first generation to be raised outside of India." Powerful, emotionally evocative, and wonderfully atmospheric, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a charming and thoughtful story that illuminates the bonds of family, sisterhood, and heritage that tether us despite our differences. Funny and heartbreaking, it is a reminder of the truly important things we must treasure in our lives.

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Summary

Summary

A Reese’s Book Club Pick

A BookPage Best Book of 2019 in Audiobooks

The author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows her acclaimed America debut with this life-affirming, witty family drama—an Indian This Is Where I Leave You—about three Punjabi sisters embarking on a pilgrimage to their homeland to lay their mother to rest.

The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia—were never close and barely got along growing up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart. Rajni, a school principal is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a thirty-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking "good" sister married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life.

On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. After a trip to India with her mother long ago, Rajni vowed never to return. But she’s always been a dutiful daughter, and cannot, even now, refuse her mother’s request. Jezmeen has just been publicly fired from her television job, so the trip to India is a welcome break to help her pick up the pieces of her broken career. Shirina’s in-laws are pushing her to make a pivotal decision about her married life; time away will help her decide whether to meekly obey, or to bravely stand up for herself for the first time.

Arriving in India, these sisters will make unexpected discoveries about themselves, their mother, and their lives—and learn the real story behind the trip Rajni took with their Mother long ago—a momentous journey that resulted in Mum never being able to return to India again.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a female take on the Indian travel narrative. "I was curious about how different the trip would be if it were undertaken by women, who are vulnerable to different dangers in a male-dominated society," Balli Kaur Jaswal writes. "I also wanted to explore the tensions between tradition and modernity in immigrant communities, and particularly how those tensions play out among women like these sisters, who are the first generation to be raised outside of India."

Powerful, emotionally evocative, and wonderfully atmospheric, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a charming and thoughtful story that illuminates the bonds of family, sisterhood, and heritage that tether us despite our differences. Funny and heartbreaking, it is a reminder of the truly important things we must treasure in our lives.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A playful yet profound novel…The story flows, moving easily from heartfelt to humorous.” USA Today
“Great narration by Soneela Nankani and Deepti Gupta are fun when they need to be but also carry an emotional weight.” BookPage (starred audio review)
“Jaswal’s witty, emotional second novel is a heartfelt story of three sisters agreeing to the wishes of their deceased mother…Teen and adult fans of women’s fiction will find much to appreciate here.” Publishers Weekly
“Jaswal handles myriad familiar themes related to the complicated experiences of womanhood, immigration, and grief with a fresh voice…This women-driven story explores family relationships and histories with grace, humor, and warmth.” Kirkus Reviews
“Narrator Soneela Nankani is the principal performer…[and] highlights the sisters’ different personalities and private agendas while balancing the humor of the road trip mishaps with the more serious themes of mother-daughter relationships, marriage, religion, and culture. She also delivers believable, respectful accents for both British and Indian characters. Narrator Deepti Gupta nicely performs the short sections voiced directly by the Shergill sisters’ mother.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Balli Kaur Jaswal

Author Bio: Balli Kaur Jaswal

Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of three works of fiction, including her debut, Inheritance, which won the Sydney Morning Herald‘s Best Young Australian Novelist Award, and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, which was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. She was born in Singapore and grew up in Japan, Russia, and the Philippines. She studied creative writing at Hollins University in Virginia. She has been the national writer-in-residence at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Women
Runtime: 13.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English